Archive for the ‘Fun’ Category

Sing for your life

Friday night was the annual concert for the Wellington Community Choir. What a night. We sang to a packed out Citadel audience (about 400 capacity) to a lovely and enthusiastic audience who at one point were even singing without us! 🙂

With a range of songs in Native American Indian, Zimbabwean,  South African, Macedonian, Georgian, Mauri, Welsh and a number of other places in the world it really was an evening of global song. It was wonderful. We had audience participation, with people coming up on stage to join us for certain numbers (some Zimbabweans who knew one of the songs we were about to sing), We had spotlights on particular groups including the Wellington Community Childrens Choir (including a great performance by Jordan), the Djansa Djembe drummers and of course the Male and Female voice choirs did a spot as well.

I must confess my legs turned to jelly at the turn of the Mal voice choirs spot. No one to hide behind and all and we were right out in front. We also had quite a few South Africans in the both the audience and the choir and we were singing the Zulu part of their national anthem Nkosi Sikelel I’Afrika. Pressure much 🙂 This jelly legged syndrome was somewhat eased with the rapturous applause and cheering it received. Somewhat. Enough so the next Georgian song (Mgzavruli) was pleasureable to sing.

A really heartwarming evening which also helped raise a fair amount for the Refugee Family Reunification Trust. Nice one all!  Can’t wait till the next one.

You know you’re getting older when…..

Slippers!

I mean really… slippers.

This stalwart item of indoor footwear for aging aunties and uncles everywhere. Can there be any better sign of aging (to put it politely) than not only the purchase of, but also the enjoyment of, said item.

Still, I suppose I did become an Uncle earlier this year. (Hey Declan, hows tricks?)

Heh – still love that. “Yu Mo Gui Gwai Fie Di Jow! You want a piece of Uncle?”

And yes, I do have a great pair of black (not All Blacks) fur-lined slippers and yes they are lovely to put on when I get home ;).

Bouncy Bouncy Bouncy Bouncy Fun Fun Fun Fun Fun!

Last night I finally managed to meet face to face with a lovely lady by the name of Tania, who runs and owns the Big Air Gym in Tawa. This place is a gymnastics centre which also happens to do a bit of trampolining. It sounds like they have had a bit of on and off sucess with it, as they have had issues with continuity of coaches. This is where I come in.

Through a bizarre set of circumstances we have been unable to contact each other for about 6 weeks but finally managed to do so this Tuesday. After meeting last night at the gym we have settled on starting 2 recreational classes a week with a third to come for competition development with yours truly as the coach :D. I am sooooo excited.

Will update next week with how it went, but for now, WAHEY!!!!!!!

PIE Rulez

Well kind of.

I currently work for a small financial institution in New Zealand and we are currently developing systems for a new investment type, the PIE (Portfolio Investment Entity).

Now I seriously doubt that anyone else in the office was ever a big Weebl and Bob fan as no-one, but no-one , seems to have a problem with this. Every time I hear someone talk about distributions of PIE I think we start talking at cross purposes. How rare.

Sorry Freddy

This weekend saw the end of term party for the Wellington Community Choir. T’was a great night all told and was good to see people in a different light. Turns out the event was a Karaoke night. Jordan was in heaven. She must have done 5 or 6 songs, and held her own in the most part (I guess that only has relevance if you know the standard of everyone else there :p).

I too can now no longer say I am a Karaoke virgin. Three others and myself (no names, no pack drill) did a successfull slaughtering of *ahem* “Bohemian Raphsody”. I am so sorry Freddy. In fairness we did alright. With a few “awesome”s and a fair few cheers and rounds of applause throughout and at the end. All told, good fun really.

It’s official – keeping fit adds to global warming

In a very tongue in cheek suggestion, 2 researchers from the University of Bristol reckon that stopping breathing may help reduce the effects of global warming.

“If we merely cut out one breath in three, we could decrease the amount of CO2 entering the atmosphere each year by a staggering 0.63 gigatonnes. That’s the same effect as saving five million acres of land (an area the size of Wales) from deforestation”

“When we undertake strenuous exercise our metabolic rate tends to increase by at least 50%. So during a 30-minute bout, we could be expelling an extra 8.3g of carbon dioxide.”

“So the key to reversing climate change and saving the planet is simple: do nothing. Absolutely nothing. In an ideal world, we’d all just sit around keeping our breathing rates as low as possible, skipping the odd breath here and there just to help matters along. That way we’d all be minimising our carbon output.”

Nice one guys, I now have the perfect excuse for staying out of the gym – I’m saving the planet! 😀

This story courtesy of the guys at The Register.